FRINGE OBSERVATIONS: 4.08 Back To Where You’ve Never Been

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Welcome to our easter eggs and observations article for Fringe 4.08 — “Back To Where You’ve Never Been.”

Peter’s Dream

  • The sunlight in Peter’s dream reminded me of Olivia’s “Momentum Deferred” memory (meeting with William Bell), and certain scenes from “6:02 AM EST” (insets). Nothing overly important, just caught my eye.
Do Not Adjust Your Picture

  • Peter’s unconscious mind constructs the perfect scenario, while serving an allusion between the broken waffle machine and the BBM — prompting him to seek Walter’s help to adjust the Machine so that he can get back to his timeline.
Blue Ties

  • Olivia is, of course, wearing blue — the thematic color of the over here universe.
Sleep On It

  • Peter’s dream was conceived while working late on mythology porn (i.e. the BBM schematics).
Anti Laws

  • More cyclical references pointing to the larger time-loop theme and the repeating patterns within. Walter notes that the “pinwheel with the metallic quality” is spinning in the opposite direction from the other pinwheels, “against the flow of air — completely violating the law of physics.”

Note the relative positions of Peter and Walter in relation to the pinwheels

  • This essentially describes Peter (and perhaps the larger timeline construct). We already know he’s not necessarily bound to the ‘rules’ of physics within this timeline, as evidenced by the nature of his arrival and the time-jumps observed in “And Those We’ve Left Behind“.
  • Perhaps groundwork is further being laid regarding the ‘reality’ of this ‘reality’ in relation to others.
Wheelhouse
  • The metaphorical pinwheel in Walter’s mind recalls the tragic events that defined him.
  • In human psychology, purple is considered to symbolise (among other things) a bridge between red and blue.
You’ll Need The Man From The Other Side

  • Walter, standing in front of a conveniently placed mirror, leaves a very visual clue for Peter to follow. We’re off to see the Walternate, the wonderful Walternate of Oz.
Flash In The Plan

  • The blue flash returns to serve as a thematic marker for the universe toggle.
Remember

 Poster: “Families of the ambered. Night walk and Vigil.”

  • “100% all natural” — a nod to the ‘human’ shapeshifters? Unlikely, but the connection was there.
  • Amber symbol as seen over there in original timeline — “remember the ambered”. “One Night In October” provided an early peek into the extent of the ambered zones in this timeline.
Abnormals

Be Vigilant” / “Abnormal Activity” Fringe Division posters.

Bite This

  • The unfortunate human shapeshifter joins a number of characters hit by a bus in Fringestory. Matthew Ziegler and Milo’s victim in “The Plateau,” spring to mind.
Right Back At You

  • Not to be outdone by his counterpart, Walternate nabs his own reflective moments, including a reflection within a refection. Deep.
  • Interesting that he closes the door on the second reflection, yet opens up to joining forces with Walter. Accidental symbolism???
Head-First Into The Unknown

  • Olivia’s migraines continue as a result of Nina dosing of her with Cortexiphan the night before. It should be interesting to discover what Nina is up to — seemingly, she’s trying to trigger her abilities, but to what ends, Nina, to what ends?
Not Half The Man He Used To Be

  • Peter tells Lincoln that he once killed a guy with a portal — referencing the slicing of David Robert Jones *swoon* at Reiden Lake in the Season 1 finale.
One Door Closes..Another One Opens

  • Then..

  • ..and now.
It’s Clear Lee OK

  • Lincoln and Altlivia have been here before (inset).
Scene Robber

  • Judging from his eyes and face, it appears Jones isn’t holding up too well in this timeline, just as he wasn’t in the other timeline after he used Walter’s dis-re to teleport from prison.
  • It’s not surprising that a similar course of events may have unfolded to leave him, seemingly, worse for wear. (though we are yet to know the cause of his ‘condition’. It could be directly related to his ‘human shapeshifters’..)
  • 8 human shapeshifters almost good to go.
Observa-Door

  • Interesting imagery — the door to Olivia’s mind is conveyed, as an Observer enters..
  • In a scene that resembles his encounter with Peter in “The Arrival,” September perceives Olivia’s thoughts before she can spit them out. It seems ever-more likely that the Observers do this to tune into a person’s frequency, so to speak.

  • Interesting that during these few seconds he doesn’t appear to be worried about his gunshot wound. At any rate, his message is a grave one — no matter which picture he looks at, the result is the same — “you have to die”.
  • Not, she does die, but has to — as in, if she doesn’t very bad things happen? And he’s seemingly talking about this version of Olivia, making it all the more intwisting. (though that might actually be neither here nor there, depending..)
  • There’s also the question of who shot September? Olivia in some iteration or timeline would be a neat ‘twist’, if you will. But there are other candidates, such as a version of Peter, whoever enlisted the Observers in the first place (the First People?), another Observer, Man X, etc.
  • Speaking of Man X — other timeline Olivia said that he was the man who kills her, so this is one way to work that mythology back into play. I have to wonder if it might be explored in graphical form, especially if the show doesn’t make it beyond this season.
  • Another interesting aspect is the possibility that September is technically dead as we know it. He disappeared as soon as Olivia took her eye off him, so it’s all fairly moot, but we do know that Observadors can die — it happened to August (RIP), of course, who sacrificed himself for the girl he loved could live. He made her “important“.
  • I’ve always wondered if September would go down a similar path. In some ways he already has by sticking his neck out for Peter and the team (what that actually means in the greater context of things, remains to be seen).
  • But I have to wonder whether his gunshot wound was a willing one, seeing as Observers can catch and dodge bullets for fun if they really want to. Of course, that’s not to say that an opponent — or circumstance (did he paint himself into a corner??) — didn’t just get the better of him. There’s certainly a few scenarios open.
  • It certainly makes Olivia important again (not that she stopped being important, but you know, romantic contrivances and sci-fi..), and gives mythos-fans something to chew on.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS

  • Peter tried to butter Walter up with a box of sugary treats — looks like he learned something from Altlivia.
  • Peter tells Walter that “maybe I am also capable of destroying universes”. Interesting that the show hasn’t used this as Peter’s primary reason for getting back ‘home’. (i.e. trying to figure out what happened for the possible benefit of others instead of himself).
  • In Season 3, Brandonate wanted to use Cortexiphan on children, a line Walternate wasn’t willing to cross. Interesting to see signs of the pupil’s ‘ambition’ eventually going beyond that of his master in this recontextualized timeline, albeit he’d actually been replaced by a shapeshifter.
  • Some explanation for the lack of follow-up on the human shapeshifter tech — shapeshifter Brandonate was essentially stalling.
  • The back of the human shapeshifter discs are shaped like an “X” (above). Whether that means anything Man-X-ey remains to be seen.
  • After crossing over, Peter tells Lincoln “Hey, scarecrow, the flying monkeys are coming” — referencing the Wizard Of Oz. Peter clearly recognizes the ‘parallels’ between himself and Dorothy and seems to think that Lincoln is the brainless scarecrow — aw, he really can’t catch a break, can he?
  • Over there, the twin towers stand in this timeline, as they do in the original timeline. The Statue of Liberty also remains bronze.
  • Peter and Lincoln may not have crossed over using the Bridge room, but they still had to cross an actual bridge on their way to Walternateville.
  • Peter says Lincoln has a knack for deception. Maybe that will come into play beyond this episode?
  • The Glyphs for this episode spelled JONES — as in the return of David Robert Jones. The last four glyph codes together spell: STILL LIVING DAVID JONES. *swoon?*

Comments

  1. Jim says

    ”Not, she does die, but has to — as in, if she doesn’t very bad things happen? And he’s seemingly talking about this version of Olivia, making it all the more intwisting. (though that might actually be neither here nor there, depending..)”

    I think when he said he looked at all possible futures, it meant that in every ”alternate” universe, Olivia had to die. So it means this one, the original one, possibly the red version… It seems like what happened in ”The Day We Died” might eventually happen after all!

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  2. Dac says

    I always found it odd that they don’t use a purple intro for bounce back episodes between the two original universes, since blue and red make purple. I think it would be nicer than the red and blue mash up.

    Maybe they are saving that for when/if the two are blended into one? Hmmm

    I’ve been a little underwhelmed by this season so far, but this episode was fantastic overall and hopefully will get the momentum going.

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  3. Pwnsauce says

    It’s good to see you’re hungry for development in the Man-X storyline, Roco. He only graced our presences for about a minute, yet I’m so intrigued. If in fact Olivia has to die in all possible futures, does that mean that Man-X will kill her (or attempt to) in every outcome? I do recall reading a twitter response from Joel Wyman that said that he would be explored in this season, so hopefully he wasn’t lying.

    Surprised you didn’t put anything in here regarding Alt-Broyles. Was that because we can’t be 100% sure of his shapeshifter status based on his slight hesitation before placing his Jones call? You might have gone over it in your review as well, I can’t remember.

    Just curious, did you find Peter’s lines referencing Jones/Wizard of Oz tacky or well done? I can’t necessarily say they’re contrived per se, but they just seem cheesy to me. I understand their purpose, but they just seem too obvious and unnecessary. Unless I’m some fanatic that knows every detail about the show backwards and forwards and I’m being too elitist. It seems like Fringe has done this a handful of times.

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    • Avatar of Roco says

      “Just curious, did you find Peter’s lines referencing Jones/Wizard of Oz tacky or well done? I can’t necessarily say they’re contrived per se, but they just seem cheesy to me. I understand their purpose, but they just seem too obvious and unnecessary. Unless I’m some fanatic that knows every detail about the show backwards and forwards and I’m being too elitist. It seems like Fringe has done this a handful of times.”

      Personally, I didn’t have a problem with it, but I can see why it might feel a bit too on the nose.

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  4. Red Balloon says

    Thanks Roco,

    Just a thought: Didn’t you find the silhouette in Walternate’s office odd?, like an Observer’s Greek profile?. Here’s a pic from that:
    http://www.fringefiles.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=80222&fullsize=1

    I also found curious the red, blue and yellow square paintings behind Peter in the same office. Maybe Walternate has a thing for this colors…
    Here are two pics:

    First the yellow + red
    http://www.fringefiles.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=80223&fullsize=1

    Then the blue + red
    http://www.fringefiles.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=80235&fullsize=1

    And Peter standing on the carpet aside with Walternate’s shadow, reminded me of the bubble from the premiere promo photos:
    http://www.fringefiles.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=80233&fullsize=1

    Finally I just wan’t to comment on THIS human SS: is SO human that he doesn’t think for a minute that jumping to the street could be the stupidest idea?…(fringestory…lol)

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  5. Jon says

    Fringe 4.08 — “Back To Where You’ve Never Been.” (REMEMBER) When the kid enters the bathroom. Watch the leftmost entrance, bottom left corner. A frog.

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  6. edgesight says

    The hint for the next episode shows up when Peter and Lincoln come out of the opera house and Lincoln sees the twin towers. When Peter says “the flying monkeys are coming”, you can see the MOHONK TEA HOUSE….referring to the MOHONK QUARRY in the next episode.

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  7. Avatar of Jim says

    Rewatching this episode… I noticed they used the song “Crystal Blue Persuasion” in Peter’s dream. The same song that had a double meaning (the blue meth) on Breaking Bad was used here as a reference to the blue universe. Pretty neat. :D

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